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David James: Storyboard

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Sunday, 6 October 2019 to Thursday, 31 October 2019
Saturday, 5 October 2019 -
2:00pm to 9:00pm

Storyboard is the final show of a trilogy by artist David James at Gallery 46.

In the first show — Civilisation, James explored the relationship between art history, transformation and personal experience. In the second show — Automatter, he delved into the subconscious mind through his practice of automatic drawing and oil painting.

James describes all of the work in the trilogy as a premonition about the future. The ghostly figures in Civilisation and the eerie forms and music of Automatter anticipated the darkness that was to enter the artist’s life when his wife passed away in 2018 — after the work was completed. In that sense the trilogy can be seen as a study of life, loss and a rebirth.

Some of the works in Storyboard were made prior to this defining moment whilst others
have been made afterwards. The title of the show refers to the unfolding sequence of events that James finds himself in. The works or ‘assemblages’ as he refers to them, are portraits of people he is yet to meet — perhaps in this life or another?

The materiality and forms are all consistent with the previous two shows, but James introduces colour in the form of geometric abstraction, a departure from the monochromatic figurative representations of Civilisation and Automatter. The use of hair is also prevalent, which for James was especially poignant considering his wife lost her hair when she was being treated with chemotherapy.

Ultimately Storyboard can be seen as a vision of reincarnation.

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David James is an artist living and working in London. His practice consists of drawing, painting and assemblage. It is biographical in nature and utilises appropriated motifs from the history of art to explore subjects relating to personal experiences or current affairs. James' process is experimental and intuitive. Ideas usually develop from a combination of unrelated investigations into the properties of objects, materials and tools.

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46 Ashfield Street,
E1 2AJ

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